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elect

adjective \ i-ˈlekt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of elect

1 :carefully selected :chosen
2 :chosen for salvation through divine mercy
3 a :chosen for office or position but not yet installed
  • the president-elect
b :chosen for marriage at some future time
  • the bride-elect

Examples of elect in a Sentence

  1. this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer

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Origin and Etymology of elect

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend


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elect

noun

Definition of elect

plural elect
1 :one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)
2 elects plural :a select or exclusive group of people

Examples of elect in a Sentence

  1. the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football

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First Known Use of elect

15th century


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elect

verb

Definition of elect

transitive verb
1 :to select by vote for an office, position, or membership
  • elected her class president
2 :to make a selection of
  • will elect an academic program
3 :to choose (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference
  • might elect to sell the business
intransitive verb
:to make a selection

Examples of elect in a Sentence

  1. He hopes to be elected to the committee.

  2. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.

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Origin and Etymology of elect

Middle English, from Latin electus



ELECT Defined for English Language Learners

elect

adjective

Definition of elect for English Language Learners

  • : having been elected : chosen for a public office but not yet holding that office


elect

noun

Definition of elect for English Language Learners

  • : people who belong to a special group and have privileges that other people do not have


elect

verb

Definition of elect for English Language Learners

  • : to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting

  • : to choose to do (something)


ELECT Defined for Kids

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elect

verb \ i-ˈlekt \

Definition of elect for Students

elected; electing
1 :to select by vote
  • elect a senator
2 :to make a choice
  • The team elected to kick off.

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elect

adjective

Definition of elect for Students

:chosen for office but not yet holding office
  • the president-elect

Law Dictionary

elect

transitive verb

legal Definition of elect

1 :to select by vote for an office, position, or membership
2 :to make a selection of
  • elected her statutory share over the gift under the will
intransitive verb
:to choose an elective share
  • the right of a spouse to elect against the will


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